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post #1 of 7 Old 08-19-2012, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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rolling my ankles while riding

I have haven't been jumping regularly for couple of months so I am a little out of shape. I just started back in with my new horse and came away with a sore lower back and a slightly sprained ankle. My right ankle is already weak because of spraining it several times.

So here is the problem. I tend to ride on the outside of my foot, especially on my right. So basically, my foot is tipped to the outside in the stirrup. After riding for a while, especially in 2-point or trying hard to really push my heels down the tendons start they get very sore. If I keep riding and trying to keep my heels down, then it feels really unstable. Today, I took my feet out of the stirrups a couple of times and rolled them around but at one point my ankle gave out and my foot turned in the stirrup and I had to stop.

Obviously I am trying to get myself to not do this. I am trying to balance my foot a little better and it helps to point my toes out a little. But it doesn't seem to be helping. I think that the tendons are a little loose from previous injuries and weak from being off. Any ideas to help this?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-19-2012, 11:11 PM
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some folks may not agree with this, however I'm a HUGE fan of the jointed stirrups. Have you tried them? I was having a lot of trouble, both with my ankles and my knees. I rode my entire career in fillis irons. I even rode for a few years in solid brass polo irons. All of which did nothing for my position and killed my joints. I have since switched to the jointed irons and they have done a world of good for my equitation and my joint health. :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-19-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't tried the jointed stirrups before. That's a good idea, I bet someone at the barn has a pair that I could try. Thanks.

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Jointed Stirrup Irons Pair - Statelinetack.com

I didn't spend big money on mine when i first bought them, mainly because i didn't want to spend a fortune and end up hating them. These are a great first time buy for the jointed irons.

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Thanks!

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I had this problem several years ago when I started riding again as an adult. It started out fine, but about halfway through my lesson I wouldn't be able to get into a two-point because my ankle would give out. It was incredibly painful and frustrating, so I know where you're coming from.

I think jointed stirrups would help. Also, to fix this I started really focusing on NOT rolling that one ankle. I had to catch myself a bunch at first, but eventually it stopped once I made not doing it a priority. Yes, my toes on that side stuck out a bit more, but I didn't worry about it until the habit was broken. Once I was out of the habit, then I worked on my toes by working on my hips.

You'll probably need to slowly build up strength in that ankle. You might consider wrapping your ankle under your boot and see if that makes any difference as well.

Good luck!
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You need to strengthen that ankle! If it is rolling out, then the muscles on the outside are too weak to keep it straight, right? So you need to strengthen the muscles on the outside of your leg. Lay on your bed, on your left side, with your foot hanging off the bed. From this position you can "lift weights" with your foot. I used an ankle weight GoFit 5 Pound Ankle Weights : Target
strapped around my toes, but you could use a bungee, or a string tied to a can of beans, or whatever! Once those muscles are strengthened it will no longer be an issue for your riding AND, unlike fancy stirrup leathersit will even make you less likely to injure yourself when you are not riding. Strong muscles will keep you from rolling that ankle again on uneven ground or wherever.
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